An Introduction to Clay Soap

Seasoned soap makers are usually always on the look-out for a new or different soap making ingredient, something that they can challenge themselves with and/or expand their product line.  Clay can be one such product, especially if you haven’t tried it before. Making clay soap definitely expands your product line since it really enhances your product!

Clay soap is often creamy and silky because of its added ingredient. The coloring of the soap can also be different from typical soaps because some types of clay have their own color, and they lend this to the soap. Experts can even use the clay’s coloring to create effects on their final product!

Adding clay to your soap isn’t too tricky. The basic measurement is two tablespoons of clay for every one pound of soap making oils. If you are using less than a pound of oils, you simply scale down the clay as necessary. Beginners can mix their clay into the oils, incorporating it thoroughly. Those who are slightly more advanced can mix it with the lye-water mixture. If you choose the latter, be sure you are an expert at creating lye mixtures, and that you’ve also tried mixing lye with other liquids.

Now, there are several different types of clay that can be used for soap making. The most common type, Kaolin, probably sounds familiar to those who have dabbled in pottery. It’s pretty much the same type of clay you use in pottery. Typically white in color, this gentle clay can exfoliate and cleanse sensitive skin. It is often used for facial masks or facial soaps because it makes your soap silky and creamy.

Somewhat similar to Kaolin is Rose clay, except it cannot be used on sensitive skin. Adding silkiness to your product, its rose color comes from iron oxides, which also helps improve the body’s blood circulation, hence improving the skin.

Moroccan clay is quite popular among those who make luxury products. It is rich in minerals and makes for a wonderful exfoliant and detoxifier. Soaps that use Moroccan clay, also known as Rhassoul, can absorb toxins and oils from the skin. Great for facial masks and body scrubs, you are likely to find Moroccan clay at exclusive spas.

Working with clay is quite easy. It is also quite easy to store, since it comes as a powder. What can be tricky, however, is finding a recipe you like. Of course you can always add clay to your existing recipes, but finding new ones that already have clay can give you a better idea of how to work with the material. Luckily, there are many different clay soap recipes out there. Try one out today!